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Comment Since when does video have "less resource usage"? (Score 1) 80

Synfig Studio, because it outputs as proper video files or animated images that can be viewed in many more places with less resource usage than HTML5

Last I checked, SWF was a lot smaller in bytes transmitted over the (potentially slow or capped) network than WebM or MP4. I had hoped that HTML+Canvas would be comparable in size to SWF.

Comment Re:I assumed PC buyers were pros. Wrong (Score 1) 217

If I had the choice between HPs best desktop model and a raspberry pi I would choose the pi without hesitation as I know that while not a star performer it won't let me down.

My work involves FamiTracker and FCEUX debugger. These applications are free software, but they're made for the Win32 API and compiled for i686. Have you tried recompiling Windows applications for ARM using Winelib for Raspberry Pi? If so, what problems have you run into?

Comment Re:WIndows 10 is crap. (Score 1) 217

is you have a PC/Mac with an older system that "just works" why are you gonna buy some new hardware that likely will lock you into the latest OS that just "doesn't seem to work right"?

The biggest reason to run macOS is macOS-exclusive applications, and among Slashdot users, the most prominent of those is probably Xcode. The version of Xcode that targets the current version of iOS runs only on macOS Sierra and later, which needs a Mac from 2010 or later. My Mac mini is from 2009.

Comment Morphology vs. syntax; Latino sine flexione (Score 2) 223

It's not quite "grammar taked out". Grammar is made up of morphology (inflections and derivations) and syntax (word order). The more you take out of morphology, the more rigid the syntax becomes. For instance, Chinese and English have very little inflection, but their syntax is more rigid than (say) Russian or Latin.

Besides, there is a Latin minus inflectional morphology, and it's called Latino sine flexione. It was proposed by Giuseppe Peano, who also invented fractals and put math on a rigorous axiomatic foundation. The better-known Interlingua began as a reform of LSF.

Comment Re:Tethering detection (Score 1) 194

A desktop user is more likely to plan out good uses for excess data to come in just under the cap, much of it during prime time from 7 PM to 11 PM tower time.

I assume you have data sources to back up those assertions.

The article "The truth about tethering: Pay up or you are a thief" by James Kendrick implies an expectation among carriers that customers not use the entire monthly data allowance, where carriers price plans based on this expectation. From the article:

Our agreement may state that we must pay an overage fee when we exceed a certain amount of data usage in a given period (the cap), but the carrier is not stating we are paying for the right to use that much data. Most carriers have unspecified "normal usage" parameters that are used to determine when customers exceed the intended usage, even if under the data cap. Carriers have been known to throttle usage, or even cancel, customers who regularly exceed the normal usage parameters, even when they don't exceed a specified cap. We may not like it but that's the way it works.

I would forward your request for data to Mr. Kendrick, but "Comments for this thread are now closed."

In addition, a desktop user is more likely to watch long high-definition streams, compared to a 5" screen that occupies less of the visual field (in units of steradians or square degrees) than a computer monitor or living room TV.

I assume you have data sources to back up those assertions.

Then let's make some data.
1. How big is your PC monitor diagonally, and how far do you sit from it?
2. How big is your living room TV diagonally, and how far do you sit from it?
3. How big is your phone's screen diagonally, and how far do you hold it?
From these figures, I can calculate the apparent density of SD and HD video in pixels per radian and compare them to the human fovea's limit of roughly 3400 pixels per radian.

Comment Re:Tethering detection (Score 1) 194

Why should they care what you use your allotted data for? 10GB is 10GB is 10GB.

6 GB is not 10 GB is not 10 GB. Not all customers on a 10 GB/mo cellular plan will use all 10 GB on their phone, letting some of the data expire at the end of the month. A desktop user is more likely to plan out good uses for excess data to come in just under the cap, much of it during prime time from 7 PM to 11 PM tower time. This is even more common if the cheapskate user has canceled wired home Internet in order to be able to afford mobile Internet.

In addition, a desktop user is more likely to watch long high-definition streams, compared to a 5" screen that occupies less of the visual field (in units of steradians or square degrees) than a computer monitor or living room TV. This requires a larger data rate and thus more scarce time slots on the tower. The "Binge On" promotion that T-Mobile has used, which doesn't count standard-definition streaming video against the user's cap, appears related.

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